Monday, July 26, 2010

How to Stop Drug Abuse

Life can be quite crazy sometimes and many people seek to hide themselves away from the lunacy of society by taking drugs and alcohol. Unfortunately there is only one conclusion to the downward spiral of drug and alcohol abuse... more alcohol and drug abuse. Eventually the substance abuser must get real with themselves and try to figure out how to stop drug abuse in themselves. The longer the person has been taking drugs or abusing alcohol, a hard it will be to quit and get control of themselves once again.

First thing that you must do is make a commitment to quit. You can only stop drug abuse if you have first made the first move towards quitting, admitting that you have a problem and that you need to stop taking drugs or abusing alcohol. The next step is when you finally quit using. You will go through a period of drug or alcohol detoxification, during which time you will suffer from the withdrawal effects that are caused by the elimination of the poisons that you have allowed into your body during your time of substance abuse.

Once the drug detox has finished, you will now have to start facing the reasons why you have abused drugs.

Just because you are reading this article means that you are thinking in the right direction. There is nowhere else you can go from drug abuse, only upwards towards sobriety. This is a great world we live in a fantastic opportunities but all those opportunities will pass you by when you are drunk or high on drugs. It's so easy to blame the substance instead of the abuser. The opportunity to live your life to its fullest is through figuring out ways of how to stop drug abuse within yourself.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

An Introduction To Substance Abuse Treatment

There are more people who could benefit from substance abuse treatment programs than most people realize. In the United States, 69% of people report that they personally know someone who struggles with addiction and/or who is taking part in recovery programs. The evolution of knowledge regarding different treatment methods and medications that are used to assist with withdrawal symptoms is progressive, but many people remain unaware that there are such medications for this reason. The success rates for those who have access to these pharmaceuticals are indeed greater than the rates of those who do not.

There have been so many advancements that have been made in treatment now that allow people to be detoxified from alcohol and opioids safely and as comfortably as possible, even on an outpatient basis. At the best substance abuse treatment programs, participants spend a day or two at their designated facility to receive oral medication and to be monitored by medical staff. At the same time, they are going to participate in an outpatient rehabilitation program. At the end of their day at the facility, they return home with a limited amount of medication for the evening.

There is a different medication that is used for detox from alcohol at the best substance abuse treatment programs, which are classified as benzodiazepines. These medications quickly relieve symptoms of anxiety, insomnia and tremors. Not only that, but they can also prevent very serious withdrawal symptoms including delirium tremens and grand mal seizures. Librium is the oldest of the benzodiazepines, and it is long acting and provides a smooth transaction to abstinence than do other shorter acting benzodiazepines. It is also less likely to cause cross addiction. Librium is given for two to three days usually, and the body will then slowly eliminate it over a period of weeks.

Some of the substance abuse treatment programs include using medications such as Neurontin and Tegretol for mild or moderate withdrawal, which were originally developed as anticonvulsants. These have the advantage of not being sedating, and there really is no potential for cross addiction. For detoxification of opioids (prescription narcotics and heroin), buprenorphine, which is marketed as Suboxone, has dramatically improved the ability to relieve the discomfort of withdrawal.

This medication is placed under the tongue, and often within an hour, the patient may experience a reduction of symptoms. Buprenorphine is also successful with detoxification of people from tranquilizers like Xanax and Ativan, as well as other sedative medications. Stimulants like amphetamines and cocaine do not require formal detoxification. Regardless of what the patients drug of abuse is, one thing that is certain is that with a solid support group in place and an excellent detox program, success in recovery is extremely attainable.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Hair Loss Prescription Drug Treatments

So you tried everything for your hair loss and nothing seems to work. What are your options? One option is to go to a physician and ask for a prescription drug, but it is better to be educated before asking. We will explore the options, prices and side effects.

While topical solutions such as Rogaine® branded monoxidil has been used to treat hair loss, Propecia® branded Finasteride by Merck & Company, Inc. is the only FDA approved pill for the prevention of hair loss and possible hair re-growth. Like Rogaine®, Propecia® was discovered when its generic equivalent being used for another purpose was found to have beneficial side effects. 

Finasteride is the generic name for the drug, which was already in existence for quite some time and had been produced under the name Proscar® by Merck & Company and used for treatment of enlarged prostates, a syndrome medically called benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH).

BPH is caused by an overproduction of DHT, which causes the prostate to grow.

Many BHP patients were also suffering with MPB, and when patients began taking Proscar®, they noticed the re-growth of hair also. This sparked new testing and the birth of Propecia® as a hair restoration drug. The approval of Propecia® by the FDA was easy to achieve, since it was merely marketing already approved Finasteride as a hair restoration drug, with a much smaller dosage than that required for BPH.

Propecia® is being prescribed by doctors to some patients as an oral treatment to internally block the production of DHT. Propecia is an androgen hormone inhibitor only approved for men, and has been clinically proven to grow hair on a significant percentage of men who suffer with Male Pattern Baldness (MPB) or more properly androgenetic alopecia. Unfortunately, the drug has not been approved for use by women at this time. This is especially true for women who are pregnant or can become pregnant, because the process of inhibiting testosterone from being converted to DHT can affect secondary sex characteristics of unborn fetuses. 

Propecia® works by reversing the shrinkage of hair follicles that are in the telogen phase, or last phase of the normal hair cycle. Propecia® works best in combination with topical treatments of Monoxidil such as Rogaine®. Participants in studies have seen hair grow in as little as six months, whereas those who have seen no results in a year's time are reported not likely to see any results from the drug. One round of testing of over 2,000 men with androgenetic alopecia over a four-year period showed half with reported new hair growth.

Side effects of Propecia® in a few persons studied include diminished sex drive, difficulty in achieving an erection, and a decreased sperm production. Side effects were found in less than three percent of participants in clinical studies. Fortunately when the drug's use was discontinued, the side effects went away and normal functions resumed. 

The price of Propecia® is in the range of 0 for a 30-day supply.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Prescription Drug Abuse Information

The thing that makes these drugs so dangerous as opposed to cocaine or heroine is the fact that these drugs are prescribed by a doctor. Now don't make the mistake and point the finger at the doctor as many of these drugs are medical miracles and truly do help people cope with chronic pain and other ailments. The problem is that the nature of these drugs are very addictive in nature and without proper monitoring of ones self you can change from becoming dependent on the drugs to being completely addicted to them.

Addiction is easy because the doctor may raise your dosage to help you cope with your illness. Well if you raise the dosage you will feel greater withdrawal symptoms in between dosages and end up taking pills in between dosage times just to cope. These extra dosages grow and grow until you have to be on these pills all the time. Well at this point your body builds up a tolerance to the drug and you start taking more.

At this time you are becoming addicted.

Addicts will do anything they have to in order to get more pills to break the tolerance point to help them feel better. The sad thing is that people that would never act a certain way act in crazy ways when they are completely addicted to the prescription drugs. Some addicts get friends and family to get pills for them, they forge prescription slips and all kinds of other things to get a hold of the drug they feel will make them feel better.